REPORT: Black Females Are Fastest Growing Segment of Juvenile Justice Population

According to a recent report, black females represent the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population.

The author of the report, Monique Morris, argues that it is extremely important that we expand the ‘school-to-prison pipeline” conversation to include black girls.

From Black Star Journal:

From these and other incidents in recent years, it has become increasingly clear that punitive disciplinary practices and other criminalizing policies that fuel what we understand as a “school to prison pipeline” impact the girls as well as the boys.

STUDY: American Schools Still Segregated Along Racial and Economic Lines

60 years after Brown v. Board desegregated public schools, a new report reveals the obvious:

American schools are still largely segregated along racial and economic lines.

African American and Latino students are likely to attend schools with very few white students, and are more likely to attend schools where a majority of students come from low-income families.

Texas Voter ID Law BLOCKED

A federal court has blocked a controversial new Texas voter ID law, asserting that “the state failed to show that the law would not harm the voting rights of minorities.”

Texas is just one of many states that have tried to pass voter ID laws that many – including activists and the Justice Department – believe will disenfranchise minority voters.

Proponents of the laws argue that they are needed to combat voter fraud. But on Thursday, the three-judge panel hearing the case were not convinced.

More Evidence that Stop-and-Frisk is Racially Motivated

Not that we needed more evidence, but a new map shows that the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk tactic is race-based and ineffective in getting actual criminal off the streets.

The map shows that of the 770 guns confiscated by NYPD through the Stop-and-Frisk initiative, most of those guns were not taken in places where the tactic is executed most:

Only 770 guns were recovered from 685,000 NYPD Stop-and-Frisk stops across the city last year, according to WNYC. And those guns are not showing up in the places where the police are devoting the most stop-and-frisk resources.

REPORT: Minority Students Underrepresented at Top-Tier Universities

According to a recent study by Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis, Black and Latino students are underrepresented at highly selective colleges.

The study analyzed race, income, and enrollment patterns at America’s top Universities from 1982-2004.

Even after accounting for income disparities, white students were five times as likely as black students to enroll at a top-tier university, and two-three times as likely to gain admission.

Rhymefest Talks to BYP About THE PLEDGE Mixtape: “Hip Hop Can Be Used as a Tool, Or A Weapon”

Chuck D once said that Hip Hop is the CNN of the black community.

It was a compelling comparison, and certainly an apt one. But as the genre moved wholeheartedly into mainstream territory, it started looking more like Fox News; one-sided, divorced from reality, and serving the financial and ideological interests of elites.

The Black Youth Project and Power of Purpose hope to change all of that with the release of The Pledge Mixtape; a 13-song compilation of various artists taking back their communal power through music. The mixtape’s release will coincide with the launch of BYP’s Pledge Campaign; a call for individuals and organizations to close ranks around black youth, and make a commitment to fight with black youth as they confront a relentless crisis.

As executive producer of the project, Grammy-winning Hip Hop artist and activist Che “Rhymefest” Smith hopes the compilation will inspire other artists to use Hip Hop music as a tool for social change in a city that has a murder rate worse than U.S. troops in Afghanistan.